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What has been the best freebie C&V find you've been given?

Old 01-13-19, 07:38 PM
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What has been the best freebie C&V find you've been given?

There are a lot of great stories that have been shared on this site dealing with great finds... and some of those great finds have been entirely free!! Share some of your favorite totally free finds, and make your fellow C&V enthusiasts (and wannabe C&V enthusiasts) green with envy. I've been given free bicycles quite often when people find out I'm a fan of the old ones (bicycles that is). Most of these, I just turned around and donated to the local coop. But, I would say my best freebie, so far, was a mid-level Ross bicycle that provided a set of Shimano Altus derailleurs, along with some Shimano Tourney centerpull brakes. The frame had some severe rust issues, but the parts were amazingly clean. The biggest problem with the bicycle was that it was infested with red ants.... I had to leave the bicycle outside for a week, going out every day and moving and rotating the frame, to encourage the ants to abandon their current home. Everything was scavenged, except for the frame, seat post, and bottom bracket. The Ross bike was thrown in for free, after purchasing a Schwinn Le Tour to refurbish (the owner didn't want to deal with and asked if I could use anything off of it).

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I guess it was kind of free, but I got my Bottechia which I restored, rebuilt, and modded up to full Chorus spec, from my brother as a straight trade for the Trek OCLV frameset I had that was just a little bit too big for me. He did the trade as the Bott was a bit too small for him so both of us came out happy!
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I was given this Legnano Pista. Of course, it needed a bunch of work, and money, to get it track ready.


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I was given this 1952 E. Christophe by a friend who got it free from a local thrift store owner who got it for free at a rural garage sale.
These are the before and after photos, and yes, it gets ridden here in the foothills despite it's limited gearing.




This C&V Lincoln was found just last month, under the owner's trees with a "FREE" sign on it. Hadn't been started or moved in several years.
Shown here after a first cleaning, with a few mechanical tasks both done and still needing to be done.
Passes SMOG, and motor and trans are perfect, but it still needing an intake manifold replacement and power windows repaired.

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Old 01-13-19, 08:27 PM
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Out of the clear blue, a CR member sent me a Lejeune wheel cover. A few months later, its mate appeared on eBay. That one wasn't a freebie.


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Best quality? Just happened a few weeks ago when fellow forumite @jjames1452 was making space in his storage and tossed this 1983 Trek 600 frameset at me, gratis. As 'free bikes' are wont to do, this one quickly absorbed several hundred dollars worth of vintage parts, but turned out as nicely as anticipated. Just finished it this morning with a pair of Nitto 115 OLympiade bars and new fake leather bar tape.

I now sort of have a hard decision to make about my 1985 Trek 600...



Best freebies moneywise were a couple of (frankly terrible) low-mileage Ross Super Grand Tour Professionals that were gifted to me decked out in full 600 Arabesque which fetched some good money on eBay. After robbing the fancy stuff, I built up one frame with random spares and gave away, the other I fixified and sold for benji.

(And yes, the reflectors are going to be removed from the Trek. It's amazing how much they make the wheels feel off balance at speed. I have never experienced such a thing until now.)

@dddd, Love the Lincoln! I have wanted one of that vintage since watching Grosse Pointe Blank. Makes me miss my old Mercury Grand Marquis, which is basically the same car.
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
I was given this 1952 E. Christophe by a friend who got it free from a local thrift store owner who got it for free at a rural garage sale.
These are the before and after photos, and yes, it gets ridden here in the foothills despite it's limited gearing.




This C&V Lincoln was found just last month, under the owner's trees with a "FREE" sign on it. Hadn't been started or moved in several years.
Shown here after a first cleaning, with a few mechanical tasks both done and still needing to be done.
Passes SMOG, and motor and trans are perfect, but it still needing an intake manifold replacement and power windows repaired.
Cool car, looks like Morticia's cousin.(@bianchigirl's new bike transport)

Have a dealer check for an open recall on the intake, probably expired but you never know.

That Christophe is awesome!

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Today was close to the best, free Routens frame with BB and HS that he was going to scrap and it's small for me so we'll see.

The crashed BJ tandem was close too with original BB's and good straight fork $20 was almost free.

200 mi. trip that could easily pay for itself so "free is a very good price".
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This bike was virtually a freebie many years ago.
It has been passed, and passed again - so maybe still on the road.
'84ish PH10LE - Carbolite 103 w/ Suntour BL
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Here are a few of the freebies I have gotten. I have gotten more but these are the best.


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Was given this...that looked like this....

after a quick hosing off. I think the ladies at the estate sale thought it was the devil compared to the china plates and quilts.
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My 74 Raleigh Gran Prix, freebie from my friend as received

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As fixed up

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A Raleigh Super Course junked at the local co-op, to much rust holding things together

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After cleaning and a rebuild as a Dingle speed

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I get components more than bikes. Two that stand out are a complete group of Campy Super Record (minus pedals) and a set of Phil Wood CHP pedals.
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I mentioned this in the "Brazen Dropout" thread. Totally unexpected, my brother calls me and says he has something for me. He was just returning from the Madison brazen dropout show. I was working close to my house and he delivers this beauty to me. A nice vintage Lejeune with all the details of a Bernard Carre build. The seller said only a couple people showed any interest in it. My brother bought it on his way out, and the guy sweetened the deal with a cool Normandy lux comp hub. I'm thrilled!
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For someone new to working on vintage bikes, the best free stuff I have received has been advice from forum members.
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Here are my best (to me) after all being rebuilt:

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A mint Raleigh Portage 650B in my size, but there was no room in the basement and I did not need it so passed it on to a friend.
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My best free vintage bike stuff has been the free time, parts, labor, and hands on teaching I received from @miamijim. Just about everything I know I learned from him.
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This bike was virtually a freebie many years ago.
It has been passed, and passed again - so maybe still on the road.
'84ish PH10LE - Carbolite 103 w/ Suntour BL
Just got the same bike free from my brother in November. It has all the original Simplex bits on it.
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Most of my free has been frames or bikes from my dad or Roger M - PX10 frameset X 2 (still have 1), Peugeot PL8, Vitus 979, Spectrum Titanium (now with my brother), Peugeot Limestone hybrid converted to my touring bike, Nishiki Marina 12 frameset and the Cannondale fire bike from November. Of course the frames always end up costing money.

Then a retired psychology professor, and former racer, in town gave me 10 laced tubular wheels from his racing days (my dad gave me some too). Most with Campy, Mavic or Suntour Superbe hubs.
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The Best free ones.. there was two at the same time from the same person.

My brother @tuna has a friend that her uncle passed away and had some of his stuff in a storage unit. she was cleaning it out and he had two bikes in there that needed to go. She knew my brother liked old bikes so she offered them to him, both bikes were too big for him but more my size. so he passed down these two bikes to me. The uncle was the original owner of both these bikes and had good taste in my book!



1974 Raleigh Professional



1974 Paramount P10
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